Growing pigs spend considerable time orally manipulating their environment, which can include their pen-mates. In certain situations this leads to problems such as tail-biting. It is unclear if this active behaviour represents foraging or exploratory motivation, a problem exacerbated by the possibility that both share certain behavioural elements. The aim of this experiment was to distinguish appetitive foraging (extrinsic exploration) from intrinsic exploration by manipulating both feeding motivation and the content of the external environment. The objective was to discover which behavioural elements are common to either behavioural category. This would allow hypotheses to be proposed concerning the causation of oral-manipulation of the environment and inappropriate stimuli such as pen-mates, and furthermore to control for the effects of intrinsic exploration in continuing experiments concerning foraging behaviour.